I know, we stayed here in the summer time and it was hot, but that is the summer in the desert. We had never been here before so decided to try it on our way back to Arizona. It is a nice park, well laid out with nice, wide RV pads. There is a dog run, mostly dirt and gravel, but still nice to be able to let the dogs off lead. Given the size of the base, I expected a bigger exchnage, commissary. Both were small, but did have almost everything we needed during our stay. Also, the town is close by and it has all the usual stores. There is a nice museum on base, strongly recommend you visit it. China Lake is where the Sidewinder missile was invented and there are nice displays about its development in the museum. The only thing we found disconcerting was that there did not seem tot be garbage pick-up.. The one dumpster was overflowing and nobody emptied the trash bin in the dog park or added "poop bags" during out stay. If you do have animals, i suggest keeping them inside as this is the desert and it is home to snakes, coyotes, etc. If you like peace and quiet, this is the place, if you like lots of things to do and city lights, look elsewhere.
We enjoyed our 2 week visit to Sierra Vista RV Park. Pretty quiet, except for the back RV sites that are along a road where people drive fast going to work at 0630. The base is a little remote (which it should be), but was fine for what we wanted. Besides the new Outdoor Recreation building (new check-in location), they've done a little work in the RV Park since opening a few years ago. They've laid gravel between most sites and planted young trees. To bad the desert weeds are taking control again. The RV Park sites were about 50% taken, but half of those were just empty trailers taking spaces. But this isn't currently a problem, as there were still about 20 vacant sites available. The free WiFi was actually pretty good and fast for us.
Brand new and spotlessly clean, 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains. The park is quiet and well lit but lacks a campground host currently so bathroom maintenance is spotty. No directions on how to check in after hours, M-F 9a-5p it's at the ITT office but after hours who knows? Didn't matter for us since there were only 3 other occupied spots.
Since I am staying for several months I can take advantage to their monthly rate which is $17/day an great price. My time here was in October/November, the weather was terrific, the park is new and the facilities are well built, right next to the golf course, base has all kinds of places to walk/run, small but good commissary/NEX, and the park has the serenity of the desert. I recommend it as a good stop for skiers or campers in the High Sierras. Only drawback is a sewer smell under certain wind conditions.
I drove thru the rv park. The rv spaces are nice and wide. It's by the golf course at the end of the driving range.(there is a net to protect the rv's from golf balls). It's not far from the comm. (It's a small one) I have been at a few navy bases and it seams all the rv parks at them charge more than at the air force.